Friday, 29 June 2012

Altered Study Cards by Mandy C

A while ago, I found these little Study Cards in my local WHSmith. Straightaway I thought what a fab little altered tag book these would make.

The little pages are quite small (not as small as a moo card) ~ the size is 4cm x 8.5cm.
A very cute size.

For this altered page, I’ve used the 3 Flying Flower Girls stamps from Lost Coast Designs and the word BREATHE from the Creative Expressions set of Art Sayings.

So there’s my first altered page in this set ........ watch this space for more!


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Art Bird by Mandy C

What I Used:

Tim Holtz ‘Staples’ stamp
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
White Pen

  • Take a 6 x 4 piece of white card .... and a flat paint brush. Brush on different colours of the Dylusions ink sprays.  I’ve added some ink to a dabber bottle (like the Distress Stains) and splodged a big ink blot in the upper left corner.
  • Stamp the ART bird onto white card, cut and colour with watercolours. 
  • Stamp the bird with the sign from the Graphic 45 set and cut out and colour. I’ve used mica paint for this.
  • Stamp the eye from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe set into the centre of the ‘splodge’.
  • Stamp the ‘staples’ around the edge of the card.
  • Adhere the ART bird first and then the crow.
  • Stamp/print the word ART and add to the card.
  • Edge the art bird image with pen or watercolour pencil.
  • Add some bling.
  • Highlight with white pen.


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Houses on the Hill by Alan Scott

This card is made using another great set of stamps from Crafty Individuals - CI271. The trees came from another stamp collection from Crafty Individuals - CI209.
This time I wanted a moody look and not overdo the colouring. That's why I only kept to the warm grey colours of ProMarkers.
The scrolled frame was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. This is a very versatile die cutting machine.

Full set of Warm Grey ProMarkers
Blue ProMarkers to colour the sky
12” square black card Stock for the frame
White ProMarker card
Fine tipped black marker pen
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
8” square white card base
Silver paper to cover the front of the blank card
Normal items such as scissors, metal edged ruler, good strong glue, glue tape gun or double sided tape, craft knife


This card is not a card that's going to scare you if your crafting skills are not as "up there" as you want them to be. Please remember, we all started somewhere and as you start to explore different styles and aspects of crafting, your skill levels will grow just as much as your stamp collection will grow! This is a simple stamp – colour- mat and layer card.
Taking the white card, stamp the main buildings (this time, the buildings are in one stamp, so no multi stamping on this one!). Using the various shades of the warm grey, start to colour and build up the image. The sky was done by just laying down the colour. I didn't take great care and carefully go round the edges of the buildings, by being careful and just over layering a light shade of the colour, it will all blend in. If you're not happy and it's not looking right, just re cover the buildings with the shade of grey.
The trees were an after thought, as the image when coloured didn't look right and to me the balance was not there. Then, using the black fine tipped pen, I coloured in the trees base and brought the black into the centre - this would then create a centre point.
Now then, this might be the point where a lot of crafters would throw their arms in the air and shout "I don't have a die cutting machine!".
To make this card, you don't have to have one. Just use your edge punches or Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies to make an interesting image that you can secure the coloured image onto. Failing that, just mat and layer the buildings image that you have coloured.
The birds were done to cover up a stamping problem. I inked up the stamp well and when I impressed it, I left a small edge. Normally I would have to start all over again but as it was a landscape stamp, I could cover it up by drawing birds! This is a tip that will work for any outside/landscape stamp. A fine waterproof tip pen is your best friend some times.
So what's left to do? Well just build up the card by covering the front of the card with silver paper and secure the frame onto your card. I used a wet glue, as that gives you some time to just move the card into place, making sure you can get it just right how you want it. Then secure into place your stamped and coloured image. As you can see, I have cropped it right up to the edge so there is no white. A good trimmer will let you trim square and exactly how you want the cut to be.
Any problems please email me and I will do my very best to help you out.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Aloha! by Deborah

This is the kind of cute card I don’t normally make. However, it’s sometimes easy to forget that greetings cards are supposed to please the recipient and their taste might not be yours. I’m not sure that I always follow that rule, but I think it is worth exploring other styles if only to get out of a rut.
I stamped the Hawaiian doll and palm tree from Hero Arts World Dolls stamp set in Jet Black Archival ink and coloured with ProMarkers. I used Dusky Pink for the skin.
The blue, yellow and green cardstock came from my stash. I cut one blue, one yellow in two different sizes of Spellbinders Labels 8. I cut smaller yellow die-cut up to make two layers of sand, and the large blue one roughly in half to provide contrast with the sand.


Monday, 25 June 2012

What’s Up Pussy Cat by Paula Tidman

I thought I would try something completely different from my usual vintage style and colours and I was immediately drawn to the rather funky Felinus stamp by Stampendous.

I used some paper from my stash and buffed on some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink for the backing papers. I used a Ranger manila tag and rubbed over the Spiced Marmalade Distress ink pad and the Vintage Photo pad. Then I stamped Felinus The Cat and masked and stamped the row of bottles from PaperArtsy Hotpick 1109. I bleached away some of the ink and used a contrasting colour for the bottles. I then used a  white gel pen to add highlights. I made a rosette and coloured seam binding with Spiced Marmalade Distress Re-Inker and added a birthday sentiment and some computer text to complete my card.


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Live The Life You’ve Imagined by Mandy C

What I used:


  • Using your white card, spray Cosmic Shimmer Mists all over. Leave to dry.
  • Using Dove Gray StazOn, stamp the circle advert from the PaperArtsy plate on the top right hand corner.
  • Stamp the flower in Black Archival towards the left, leaving enough room to stamp the Tim Holtz sentiment to the right of it. Colour the flower with watercolour pencils, use colours that compliment the background.
  • Stamp the bottles onto some white card, colour with watercolour pencils and cut out. I left a small piece of card at the bottom of the bottles to keep the bottles linked together.
  • Attach to the bottom of the card with silicone/foam pads.
  • Add some white highlights.
  • Use some chalk in through the punchinella to add texture to the card.
  • Edge with chalk ink - chalk inks give a nice shadowy look to the edge.


Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Huntsman by Alan Scott

Once again I have dipped into my FAV. stamp collections to make this card. The stamp collection is Dylusions and the stamp set is Dependable Dotty. It started life as just stamping in an old book just to see what they looked like. I bought an old Folk Tales book from a car boot and kept it to one side just incase I needed some of the imagery for a project. Also the book only cost 10p, so nothing lost! Well, I came across this story and I knew right away what I was going to do. It's not a true reflection of the story but I just let the story unfold by itself.

Large page from a book (the page should not have a glossy coating on it but be just paper stock)
A4 basic white card constructed
A4 backing paper
The netting from fruit packaging!
Spectrum Noir Pens or any Alcohol pens i.e. ProMarkers
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Black Soot and Worn Lipstick
Friskars Deckle Scissors
Items from our crafting box: scissors, glue tape runner, heat gun, non stick craft mat, craft knife, ruler etc.

The main issue for making a card like this, is finding the page that you want to use. Something that might compliment your stamped image. I will be doing another card soon exploring this kind of construction, so Part 2 will be here soon at your local Crafting SuperStore hehehe.
Right back to the card. Once you have picked your backing paper, stamp the main image and just give it a quick blast with a heat gun to fix it. I do recommend that if you're going to be working with colouring mediums just ‘fix’ the stamping first.
Before I started to add colour to the image, there were 2 sections that had to be done. First, using the Distressing Pens, I covered the stamp with a layer of the ink. I didn't want to use an ink pad, as that would give an even layer. By using the pens, you can control how much and where the ink will go. Also, no two stamped images will be the same. In the centre, I stamped using the other colour just to give a centre point.
The images at the side were done by using the Perfect Medium and a gold holographic Eebossing powder. When it came to use the heat gun, I took a small soft brush and just removed some of the embossing powder from the stamped image, as I wanted it to look like it was old and some parts would be missing. If it was embossed as a perfect image, it would not look right. It had to balance and fit in with the stamped skulls at the base of the card.
Now it's time to colour in. Using a selection of pens, I just put down some flat colour, only using a soft light grey to add the shadows. I had something in mind when it came to the highlighting - Sakura Pens! By adding these into the mix, I was able to add the neon colours into the mix. They also blend in well, like the socks on the figure. We sometimes forget that these pens do come in more colours than just white, which we use for our faux stitching/adding highlights.
After all the colouring had been finished, once again I just gave it a quick blast with the heat gun. I then had to decide where I would trim the page to. When I was happy, using my Deckle scissors, I cut round a faint pencil line I had made. Now then, if you don't have these scissors (however I do recommend that if your budget will stretch that you add a pair to your crafty box as they can cover up a load of small mistakes when we are trimming) then I can also recommend using the Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Paper Distresser.
After securing your work of art onto the A4 card you have constructed and placing your backing paper on, the last thing we have to do is place our ribbon onto the card ........ "OH NO" I hear you shout "WE DONT HAVE RIBBON ON OUR SHOPPING LIST!" Okay what do we have ..........
AHHHHHHH RIGHT we have that fruit netting!
Right open it up best you can on a flat surface and then taking your scissors make a cut at the base, so you end up with a length of the netting. Now cut in half right down the middle. Don't worry about the plastic ‘fraying’, it all adds to the card. Take one half, fold in half and then secure onto your card using a good strong clear double sided tape. If you have any off cuts then just tie a knot at one end. You may have to put another small strip of strong clear double sided tape under the knot to keep in place.
There you have it, a card using a page from a book. I hope it might inspire you to maybe take a section from this How 2 Make and use it on your own projects.
Any questions, please send me a message and l will do my best to get back to you with a reply to your message a.s.a.p.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Alice in Wonderland ~ It’s your Birthday by Mandy C

What I used:

STAMPENDOUS! Perfectly Clear Stamp Set ~ Wonderland
  • First, take your white card and make a background with your Distress Stain and spritzers on your craft mat.... I’ve chosen to use turquoise colours (I think they go well with Alice).
  • Using the Distress Stain directly onto the craft mat, spray with water and then with the colour spritzers. Swoosh your card through the inks, the Picket Fence makes the spritzers quite chalky. If you have no patience (like me), dry with a heat tool. Spray through the mask and use some kitchen roll to pick up some of the colour. You want the background images muted. 
  • On another piece of card, lay your clock die cut and spray with spritzers... if you do this you can make another background piece of card for future use.
  • Stamp Alice and the cat onto thin card, colour with watercolour pencils, leave to dry. Cut out.
  • Glue the clock onto the background you’ve made, cut around it.
  • Stamp the ‘a’ and the mini heart in the spaces inbetween the clock edges.
  • I’ve stamped some dotty images in Stazon Cactus Green over the background, just to give a bit of a contrast.
  • Arrange the stamped image of Alice and the cat where you want them on your clock. Then you can see where you want to stamp your sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment and then glue your images onto the clock. Stamp the fancy heart next to Alice.
  • Edge the clock with the VersaMagic Night Sky.
  • Glue to the round card.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Retro Dress Form Tags by Deborah

There are a lot of dress form stamps around at the moment and most of them are vintage style. Lovely though they are, I was pleased that the dress form in Claudine Hellmuth’s  Domestic stamp set is more retro than old-time. Domestic comes in both solid foam stamps and also clear outline stamps. You can use them separately or together.
I decided to make three tags, in a limited colour palette, using the dress form as a focal point.  I used manila tags similar to Ranger Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Craft Tags #5.  All the outline stamps are stamped with Adirondack Espresso Dye Ink.

Tag 1:
I swiped Barn Door Distress Stain over the tag, and stamped the circles from the clear stamp set in Adirondack Espresso. Then I scribbled over them with blue and yellow water soluble pastels.
I stamped the clear dress form onto mustard coloured textured card stock, cut it out and glued it with a glue stick to the tag. I added a little Wild Honey Distress Stain to the dress part, blue water soluble pastel to the dress form and Ruby Promarker to the neckline and waist detail. The ruffled hem was made with homemade washi-style tape (see my post of 18th June for details).
I stamped one of the clear buttons onto grey paper, adding a touch of blue pastel. Then I glued the paper to scrap cardboard and cut it out, sticking it over the hole in the tag. The words were cut from magazines.

Tag 2:
I stamped the foam dress form in Adirondack Cranberry dye ink and the clear stamp over the top – deliberately out of register – with Espresso. I stamped it again on scrap paper and cut it out, using the negative as a mask, so that I could stamp the clear dots onto the dress. I coloured these with blue pastel.
I stamped the foam buttons in Cranberry, Espresso and Butterscotch Adirondack inks, over-stamping with the clear button stamp. I drew round a circle die in black biro and coloured inside the circle with a Canary Promarker. The sentiment stamp is from Indigo Blu’s Grand Tour III. The little bird was stamped onto grey paper and over-stamped with the dots. He is coloured with water soluble pastels and I drew his leg with black biro.
The edges are stamped with the scratchy stamp from Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge. I coloured lightly over the exposed manila background with a flesh coloured pastel. I added baker’s twine and a brad to finish it off. Because the white in the baker’s twine was too bright, I ran over it with Wild Honey Distress Stain.

Tag 3:
I coloured with background of the third tag with Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw Distress inks, using a blending tool. I scribbled red water soluble pastel on top, blending it with my finger and a barely damp baby wipe. Next I stamped round the edges with the scratchy stamp from Bitty Grunge in Cranberry. Again, the dress form is stamped in Cranberry and Espresso but the red is much brighter because I was stamping onto the yellow inks. The rulers, sun, sentiment and arrow are from My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic – Ginger – Pictures. The sun eyelet came with my Crop-o-dile.


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Time Flies When You're Traveling by Alan Scott

This is unfortunately not a card for the beginner crafter, as it does involve several techniques. Saying that, if you want to just take a tip from here and a tip from there, then please do - even a small element from this card would embellish any crafting project.
The main image is from a fab stamp set from Dylusions called Traveling Travis.

Shopping List:

A4 made up card
A5 black card
Funky Fun Foam A5 in size
1 soft drinks can (cleaned lol)
Metal snips or a pair of scissors you're not bothered about
Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad
Black Glitter embossing powder 
Embossing folder of your choice
A4 That Special Touch Mask
Printed imaage secured on to A4 heavy paper or a light card (photograph printing style paper)
Selection of Alcohol Ink pens ie: ProMarkers or Spectrum Noir
ibbon or anything that's ‘Grungy/Steam Punky (I used the trimmed bits from a large wool x-stitch project I'm doing)
Good sharp scissors
Sanding block  as well as a little piece of metal sandpaper
Selection of Alcohol Inks
Strong clear crafting glue
Heat gun
Embossing/Die Cutting Machine
Craft Mat
Normal items from our crafting tool box - metal edged ruler, craft knife, tweezers, ATG glue gun etc.

Let's make A Card!

We will break this project down to 3 different sections.
1. The Main Figure
2. The Tin Can
3. The Card Base

1. THE FIGURE. Taking the Funky Fun Foam, secure onto your work surface with just a little tape. Then using the main stamp, ink up generously with the Pitch Black Ink. After a few tries, I found that Adirondack inks are nice and wet. In some projects it's a hindrance, however in this project, it was just perfect. After the image was stamped, I covered it in embossing powder. Now the next step could scare you and you're thinking the foam could melt. If you don't have a heat gun that's not got a gentle setting, just hold the gun a little higher from the fun foam and just take your time. It will emboss without any problem and you will get a great stamped/embossed image if you just relax, take your time and keep an eye on the melting powder and you don't keep it on one area to long.
Using the alcohol based pens, gently colour in the areas that you want. You now have to put this to one side for at least overnight. The colouring lays on the layer and it will smudge. One way to help this process is just to give the coloured areas a blast with a heat gun to help fix. You can't rush this though it's going to take time.
2. METAL CAN. If you have some metal cutters then this will help, saying that you can use a pair of old scissors. I would also recommend wearing proper gloves or use a towel to hold the can while you're cutting the can. You want to remove the top and bottom. If you look closely at the can you will see a line in the design of the can that you can follow. After you have cut the can to leave you with a length of ‘tin’, carefully dispose of the metal that's been cut away. Pick up your metal sanding paper and go over all edges so that you remove all the knicks and jagged edges. The next step is to emboss the metal with an embossing folder. You might have to run the metal through your embossing machine twice, so that you get all the surface embossed. Then attack the surface again with your metal sand paper. Be carefully, as sometimes the metal might crease a bit to much and will be fragile. Gently remove the face of the can. Use that as the front as it gives you a depth of colour to start with.
Now it's time to colour the surface of the metal with your chosen Alcohol Inks. Use a straw to move the ink around the surface - you want the inks to bleed into each other giving you more colouring. When you're happy, place to one side and let it cure and become permanent.
3. THE CARD BASE. After you have printed out your backing paper, secure it onto some card stock, then take the card base and run it through your A4 Embossing Machine. If you don't have a A4 machine, you can secure the paper and the mask onto a firm surface anbd rub with a spoon. You will get something similar, however it will not be as deep. After the card stock has been embossed, take your sanding block and start to remove the coating/printed image on the surface. Don't be to careful, you want to make the surface look as if it has been around the world a few times. You now have 3 elements.

Building The Card:

Secure the backing paper onto the base card and then trim around all edges. I used some old canvas cutting which I coloured with some old paint samplers I had laying around. Take a good pair of scissors and cut the stamped image from the fun foam, leaving a small margin all around. I then glued this onto some black card stock. Once again, I cut around the stamped image leaving a bigger margin. The next part is to decide where the placement should be. I layed both items on the can and had a play with the placement and when I was happy, I secured them both into place.
There you have it a card made from an old drinks can and some Funky Foam!
Any questions please ask and l will do my best to get back to you a.s.a.p.


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Species no1 ATC by Mandy C

What I used:

  • Cut a piece of white card into an ATC size (2.5in x 3.5in)
  • Stamp the "Why fit" in sentiment on the right side of the ATC
  • Spray the Dylusions spray onto a craft sheet, I’ve used Vibrant Turquoise on the background. Spray a bit of water onto the ink on the craft sheet and then put your ATC into the ink. Let it soak in for a minute then roll some kitchen roll over the ATC. Dry with a heat tool.
  • Stamp the Serenity Diva out using Black Archival ... dry it before using some Dylusions spray to colour it in. I used Bubblegum, Sunshine and Fresh Orange on a craft mat. Cut out the image when it’s dry, I’ve cut half of her hair off so it will fit onto the ATC.
  • Stamp the net on the left side of the ATC in Dove Grey. Then stamp the bubble wrap stamp over the ATC in Turquoise chalk ink. Blast with the heat tool. Glue Serenity on to the ATC. Edge on one side with a yellow watercolour pencil ... smoosh with a water brush.
  • Stamp the Species no 1 stamp out (or something else if you don’t have that one... I just wanted her to have something on her dress) colour with Turquoise ink.
  • Edge with Dark Brown Chalk ink.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Home-made Washi Tape Card by Deborah

In the July issue of Scrap365 magazine, Emy Buxton explained how to make your own washi tape using microporous surgical tape. This can be found with the sticking plasters and bandages in chemists and supermarkets. Mine, from Sainsbury’s, is called Ouch and cost just 50p for 5 metres of 2.5cm tape.
I taped lengths of the tape to a craft mat, coloured with ProMarkers in Carmine, Sky Blue and Lime Green and stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento dye ink. I used stamps from Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge set.
I attached the washi tape to a card blank and stamped an image from Lynne Perrella Collection 006 with the Memento ink onto a sheet of white copier paper. After colouring the stamped image with ProMarkers and gluing it down, I made party hats with leftover pieces of the washi tape. The stamped border underneath is from My Mind’s Eye – Ginger – Pictures.
Finally, I coloured Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard letters with the Carmine ProMarker.


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Memory Lane Card by Alan Scott

This image is from a stamp collection from Crafty Individuals - CI274. This stamp set comes in 2 parts that you have to cut out (don't worry about that as it's an easy cut line).
Before I go into details on how I made this card, I do have to say that it's not an easy project BUT with a little time and taking things easy, you to can achieve a card just like this one.


One 8” x 6” card blank
Selection of ProMarkers
Tartan ribbon (use what you have in your stock)
One ribbon tag
Text stamp
Good quality ProMarker white paper
7”x 4” blue & silver mounting card
Black dye ink pad (I have used Memento Tuxedo Black)

ProMarker Ultra Fine Nibs 
Glossy Accents
Backing paper
Scrap photocopy paper
Normal crafty items like scissors, trimmer, double sided tape, craft knife etc.


The stamp comes in 2 parts, so the first thing we have to do is get used to the placement of them so that we don't see an overlap.
My first 100 attempts were not good on scrap paper lol but after a few, I did manage to work out the placement of the stamps. I used a ruler and drew a very faint pencil line to build up a grid. Once again my Friskars East Stamp Press was just perfect, as I could see the grid lines I had made and managed to get a good stamped image.
Once the image had dried (I gave it a quick blast with the heat gun, just to fix the ink), the fun starts - we get to colour in! The ProMarker Fine Tip Nibs are just perfect for this kind of very fine colour work. Before I place a colour onto an image, I always do a quick scribble on some spare paper that's the same as the stamped image. I have a folder that contains lots of failed stamped images and I use these for testing the colour of a marker before using it. The last part of the colouring for me was the sky but I decided where the start and finish of the card topper would be before I did it. I left a few mm either side and used the sky colour to go down the sides ,so there was no white left.
When that was done, I trimmed it down and then mounted it onto the blue card leaving a 5mm trim all round. Then it was placed onto the silver card, again with a 5mm border all around.
After I had covered the blank card with my backing paper, I decided the placement of the ribbon, ribbon buckle and the topper and then using a good clear glue, I placed the topper into place.
After I stamped my text, I then secured the ribbon onto the card. All that was left to do now, was to use the Glossy Accents and ‘glaze’ all the windows on the image, leaving it flat to dry for a while and there youy have it.

Any problems or questions please send me a message and I will do my best to help you.

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